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PEACE ON HANUKA

According to the works of Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian from the 1st Century AD, the story of Hannuka’s origin goes deeper than what is commonly known in our time.
Josephus says that the 8 days of Hanuka, which in hebrew refer to the Temple dedication, are not only due to the miracle of the Candles of the Temple burning miraculously for 8 days, but represent the 8 days of a delayed Festival of Sukkot, pushed until the end of the Maccabean war.
The religious authorities of the time, according to Josephus, had told the people not to do Sukkot until the end of the hostilities, because of the danger of dwelling in the Sukkah while the war was raging. They instructed the people to do so for safety, and told them to wait for a signal to allow them to do the Sukka in a safer environment, at a safer time exceptionally on that year. The people did just that according to Josephus, and celebrated the 8 days of Sukkot starting on the 25th of the month of Kislev, just as the religious authorities told them to do.
They also decided to commemorate these exceptional times and the liberation they experienced, for all future generations, as a special festival, which was called Hanuka, or dedication, in Hebrew.
It is interesting to know that according to Josephus, Hanuka and Sukkot have a shared history and meaning.

Also interesting is that Hanuka starts on the 25th day of the 10th Hebrew month, of the Lunar year.
In the Solar year, before the establishment of the Gregorian Calendar, the month of December was the 10th month, thus its name December, which means 10th month, just as September means 7th month, October means 8th month and November means 9th month.
The Jews having a festival of lights on the 25th day of the 10th month, was a long established reality, before their Christian brothers chose that very day of their own calendar as the birthday of Jesus, their Messiah.
The Jewish sages have commented on the fact that this date also refers to the beginning of the added daylight hours, symbolized by the daily added candle on the Hanuka Menorah.
The festival of Sukkot was celebrated as a world peace festival during the days of the Jerusalem Temple, and the 70 sacrifices made on that festival represented blessing the 70 nations of the world, to know peace and prosperity.
If the festival of Hannuka is connected with increasing Light in the world, then it is also certainly connected to increasing the Light of Peace among all the nations of the world, Amen !

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